Don Quixote discount shop with Ferris wheel in the Dotonbori district of Osaka
For nearly a decade, the oblong ferris wheel in Dotonbori, Osaka has been a visually spectacular facade at the entrance of the famed Don Quijote shop, but nothing else. But come January 19, 2018, it will do more than just look good and flash neon at visitors below. The gondolas of this unusual ferry wheel will revolve and the ‘wheel’ will start spinning again, after years of the public demanding it. NOW READ: Bhopal is First Station in India With Sanitary Pad Dispenser
Not many people would have even realized that the Don Quijote ferris wheel, also simply called the Dotonbori ferris wheel, was an actual ride. It has been out of commission for nine years. The wheel, also called the Ebisu Tower for the figure of the god Ebisu at its base, will soon start spinning again, offering a new view of the neon-lit Dotonbori street and the skyline of Osaka city.
Located near the immediately famous Glico Man signboard along the Dotonbori River, the ferris wheel was built in 2005 but shut down after three years of operations due to a mechanical issue. Since then, it has continued to play the role of a bright and inviting facade for the Don Quijote store, operational 24 hours a day to providing memorabilia and other items for tourists to remember their trip. Customers have, over the years, expressed requests to the ride the wheel once again, and the owners finally relented, fixing the wheel and readying it for operations once again. ALSO READ: It Snowed in the Sahara Desert for the Third Time in 40 Years
The ferris wheel is around 77 meters high and has 32 gondolas that can accommodate four people each. It takes around 15 minutes for a gondola to go around the wheel once. The store has also prepared a waiting area for passengers eager to hop into the wheel. While you’re waiting, you will be able to check out Japanese souvenirs at the area.